Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You might recall the precious Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission! 

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing sent the family on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years. 

“I cannot begin to describe the amount of fun we had and how absolutely amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Hall parents were nice enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their awesome trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s vacation. 

Monday

We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect. 

 

Thursday

We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

It gives me goosebumps remembering everything on the boat – it was so much fun and extraordinary! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running all over the cruise ship. 

They are always running first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat! 

All of us went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more. 

It’s very easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The room was amazing! Ours came with an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished. 

Dining

You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good medley. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They offer directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and put them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented 

“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, researching and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!” 

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